Pirates Agree To Trade Gerrit Cole To Astros

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The Yankees were also considered to be interested in Cole's services but contract talks with the Pirates fell off and never resumed.

The Houston Astros have agreed to a deal for Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

The Astros' owner, Jim Crane, said that his team is looking for a "high-end starter", and while he didn't name names, he did say that said starter could come through a trade or free agency. Instead, he will join an Astros staff that already included Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander.

In five years with the Pirates, Cole has a 59-42 record with a 3.50 ERA, averaging 156 innings a season in 127 starts.

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Cole turned heads in 2015 when he made the All-Star Game and posted sparkling numbers. He was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 203.0 inning pitched in 2017. It was by far the worst performance of his career.

The Yankees now must look elsewhere to add another arm to their rotation.

The Yankees' rotation now includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and CC Sabathia.

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